Club revs up for big bash this weekend
MOTORSPORT: The Bundaberg Kart Club will go back in time this weekend to celebrate a special milestone.
The association will celebrate its 50th anniversary as a club with a legends and vintage kart demonstration and display tomorrow.
On Sunday, the club will hold the second round of its club championship with more than 20 entries to compete on the day.
"We'll have demonstrations of vintage karts from race meetings in the 80s and 90s,” BKC president Ben Stephenson said.
"There will be some from the 60s and 70s as well, couple of the early stuff, but we're not sure at the moment if they'll be running or just on display.”
The club has changed a lot from its humble beginnings in 1968 even though karting was around before that in the early 60s, according to archives found in the NewsMail.
The BKC actually started racing on dirt tracks with the club moving into Dromeside Raceway in 1970. It is still there today.
They then moved to an oil track before moving to the current surface - asphalt.
"In the mid-80s we changed that,” Stephenson said.
"It was redone with a new surface in the early 2000s.”
The track has also produced national and state champions. In recent years Bundaberg has become one of the best spots in Queensland for producing future stars.
National champions including Kel Treseder (2004, 2007, 2008, 2009), Ryan Fulcher (2009), Mason Barbera (2014) and Troy Loeskow (2014) all started at the track with other state champions from Bundy learning their craft at the tricky and tight circuit.
"The race track has certainly helped produce some great racers,” Stephenson said.
"It's very technical, so you have to be a good driver to get the hang of it.”
Stephenson said the proudest moments for the club during the past 50 years had been seeing drivers go off and achieve results at the highest level.
Bundaberg currently has two national champions, Treseder and Barbera, doing great things in national series the Aussie Racing Cars and Supercars respectively.
"It is great to see,” Stephenson said.
"Watching them rise from juniors to national champions has been unbelievable.
"It's fantastic to see local competitors that go to other sports and do well.”
Stephenson said the club wouldn't be where it was today without the many volunteers.
"There's been a lot of people involved at the club,” he said.
"To get to where we are, we wouldn't be here without their support.”
The celebrations this weekend are the first of many events to commemorate the 50th anniversary.
Racing starts at 9.55am on Sunday with practice to be held on Saturday.